Sounder Events Calendar starting November 26, 2012

Monday, November 26 2012

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Upcoming Events

Tues., Nov. 27 - Regular meeting of the Regional District of Nanaimo Board. 7 p.m. at the RDN Offices on Hammond Bay Rd. in Nanaimo. Full agenda available on

Thurs., Nov. 29 - The Gabriola Island Friends of the Library are pleased to present an evening with bestselling author, Lilian Nattel. Nattel is the author of Web of Angels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire. At the Gabriola branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. 6:30-8 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 29 -Wine Pairing Dinner @ Woodfire. 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a whole new experience on Gabriola. An exquisite six-course taster menu expertly paired by Michael and Alanna with six wines, all for $75 per head. Michael and Alanna will be on hand to chat about the wines, or you can simply sit back, relax and be prepared to be pampered. This is a ticketed event so you must pre-book your tickets – 250-247-0095. Woodfire will stay open for takeout, but the restaurant will not be open for regular dining.

Thurs., Nov. 29 - Companions Through Grief, a support group for those who have lost loved ones. Meets the last Thursday of every month. For information call Carroll at 250-247-7213 or Jeanne at 250-325-6437.

Thurs., Nov. 29 - Regular Meeting of the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee. 10:15 a.m. at the Gabriola WI Hall on South Road. Agenda available on

Fri., Nov. 30 - Coffeehouse on Gabriola featuring the Jugbandits! 7:30 p.m. - open stage, 9 p.m. feature. The Haven Lodge - $5. It’s like Vaudeville. It sounds like your neighbours’ kids are playing with the kitchenware, but they have older voices, singing sounds like the Deep South. There might even be a harmony in there somewhere.

Sat., Dec. 1 - Gabriola Commons Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 1 - Gabriola Elementary School Christmas Craft Fair and fundraiser. Includes a cookie walk, silent auction, Christmas dinner basket raffle, kids art room with two magic shows, concession by Silva Bay Restaurant and 40 local vendors. Open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the elementary school. Everyone welcome.

Sat., Dec. 1 - Amnesty International Global “Write for Rights” will be held at the Gabriola Commons. Save a life, sign a card. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 1 - Spinners and Weavers Christmas Craft Sale. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Rollo Centre. Cards, weaving, spinning and knitting. Contact Noni at 250-325-8533 for more information.

Sat., Dec. 1 - Artists with cards, paintings and journals joining with Spinners and Weavers. Come and enjoy. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Rollo Centre.

Sat., Dec. 1 - Take a break from craft fair shopping and help put the new metal roof on the Goat Barn at the Commons. Wear gloves and non-slip shoes, and stay for lunch at noon. 8 a.m. - into the afternoon. Please call Patrick (247-9948) or Raymond (247-7384) to let them know you can participate.

Sat., Dec. 1 - Meat draw for People for a Health Community. 3-5 p.m. at the Skol Pub. All proceeds support the PHC Food Bank.

Sat., Dec. 1 - Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department’s Christmas Food & Toy Drive. A parade of fire trucks and decorated vehicles collecting for the PHC Christmas Bureau. Departs Fire Hall No. 1 at 5:30 p.m. to travel around the island. Route map here.

Sun., Dec. 2 - Gabriola Community Hall Association will hold its Annual General Meeting at 2 p.m. downstairs at the Community Hall. All welcome. Check out our website:

Wed., Dec. 5 - Caregivers Support Group. 2 p.m. at the Gabriola United Church (2600 South Rd.) For further information call Angela Nutter, 250-247-9732.

Sat., Dec. 8 - A mini winter tour of five of Gabriola’s most innovative studios, open for one day only and just in time to find that special original gift. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dianna Bonder (mixed media) @ 948 Canso Rd.; Jeff Molloy (mixed media) @ 401 Berry Point Rd.; Sheila Norgate (paint) @ 1156 Suzanne Ave.; Gwen Spinks (paint). Kimm Nightingale and Joke Mensink (mixed media and pa-ta-ti sculpture) @ 900 Colleen Rd. and Mariko McCrae (ceramics) @ 800 Valli Place. It’s better than the mall. Trust us. Info: 250 247-7308.

Sun., Dec. 9 - Gabriola Island Singers Christmas Concert at the Community Hall. 2:30 p.m., by donation. 7:30 p.m., $15.

Sat., Dec. 15 - Agi Association Christmas Craft Fair. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Community Hall. 

Sat., Dec. 15 & Sun., Dec. 16 - Cool Messiah at the Phoenix Theatre - 2 p.m. (Sat) and 7:30 (Sun) The Gabriola Chamber Ensemble will be presenting their second annual performance of The Cool Messiah. Tickets on sale in early December.

Fri., Dec. 21 - Common’s Solstice Celebration. 5 p.m. upstairs. Potluck. Bring family and friends and something to share, if you wish – poem? Song? Story? Questions, info, call Heide, 250-247-7384.


Weekly Events

The Gabriola Museum is now closed for the season. Open by appointment only. Call 250-247-9987 or email or visit

Saturdays - Teen Night at the Gathering Place from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Saturdays - Workbees at the Commons 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., followed by warm friendly lunch of hot soup with friends. Indoor tasks on rainy days.

AA meets at the WI Hall on South Road. Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. Also meets on Fridays at noon. For more information contact 250-753-7513.

Mondays - Al-Anon is a mutual support program for people who are currently, or have been, affected by someone else’s drinking. Meets at 7 p.m. at the WI Hall. For info call 250-247-2030.

Upcoming Festivals and Events 

Tues, Dec. 25 - PHC Annual Spirit Feast at Camp Miriam. Volunteers are needed! Email Chloe at or call PHC at 250-247-7311 to find out about volunteering for this fun and festive event hosted on Dec. 25.

Jan. 1, 2013 - Annual Gabriola Polar Bear Swim. Location and time TBA.